Cooling

SilverStone Heligon HE02: Monster Fanless CPU Cooler

Cooling
The SilverStone Heligon HE02 has all the design elements of a superb fanless CPU cooler. It's huge, has wide fin spacing, and its odd asymmetrical design takes advantage of all the space around a typical CPU socket.

Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Panther is one of Prolimatech's "low-end" CPU heatsinks, a US$50 tower cooler with premium build quality, four heatpipes, and a 120 mm red LED fan.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

Cooling
The Phanteks PH-TC14PE bears a suspicious resemblance to the renowned Noctua NH-D14, with a similar construction, shape, and even mounting style. If immitation is the greatest form of flattery, Phanteks is head over heels in love.

GELID GX-7 & Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU Coolers

Cooling
The GX-7 and Tranquillo Rev.2 are GELID's high-end and mid-range CPU coolers, respectively. The Tranquillo has a modest design and fan while the GX-7 is packed with heatpipes and sports a fancy high speed blue LED model.

be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

Cooling
The be quiet! Dark Rock 2 is a big tower CPU cooler with an odd 135 mm fan. Unfortunately, our sample has trouble living up to its German manufacturer's name. Note: Addendum on final page (8), 1 Aug 2012.

Enermax ETS-T40: Direct-Touch Heatpipe Cooler

Cooling
The Enermax ETS-T40 tower CPU heatsink/fan is equipped with an impressive looking mounting system, a surprisingly smooth sounding fan, and an affordable price. Unfortunately the one thing missing is great performance.

Thermalright HR-02 Macho Quiet/Fanless Cooler

Cooling
The Thermalright HR-02 Macho takes the design elements that made its predecessors excellent low noise coolers and successfully combines it with the massive size of a modern high-end heatsink.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile Heatsink

Cooling
Cooler Master's GeminII M4 bears more than a passing resemblance to the Scythe Big Shuriken 2. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the M4 is only a half-hearted compliment.

SpeedFan: A Guide to Universal Motherboard Fan Control

Cooling | Fans|Controls
SpeedFan is a free, but extremely powerful and customizable sensor monitoring and fan control utility that works with a huge range of motherboards. Our comprehensive guide walks you through the complex configuration and allows you to unlock the full power of this enduring software utility, a favorite of SPCR for years.

Reeven Kelveros & Arcziel CPU Coolers

Cooling
Reeven, a relatively unknown PC cooling company, looks to make a name for themselves with a pair of oddly named heatsinks. The Kelveros is a classic tower heatsink with direct touch heatpipes while the Arcziel is a traditional, but rather tall down-blowing model.

Thermalright Archon SB-E 15cm Fan CPU Cooler

Cooling
Thermalright goes in a slightly direction with the Archon SB-E, an unusually tall and wide 8-heatpipe cooler with an equally unusual 15 cm fan.

Scythe Big Shuriken 2 & Reeven Vanxie CPU Coolers

Cooling
The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 is a high performance CPU cooler in a low profile package, looking to improve upon the performance of its popular predecessor. The Reeven Vanxie is almost comically small by comparison, a tiny low profile offering for use in ultra compact cases.

Fans from Noctua & Corsair at Computex 2012

Cooling | The Silent Front
At Computex 2012 last week, there were two fan developments worthy of serious note for SPCR readers. The first and more revolutionary of the two is an Active Noise Cancellation fan project from Noctua, with partner RotoSub. The second is from a more unlikely source, Corsair, of memory, PSU and case fame.

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Cooler

Cooling
The NH-L12 exhibits the same qualities as Noctua's other CPU heatsink/fans in a much smaller form factor, standing only 66 mm high in single fan configuration. For a lower profile cooler, it delivers top-notch performance at a luxurious price.

Antec Kühler H20 620 & 920 CPU Water Cooling Units

Cooling
The Kühler H20 620 and 920 are self-contained liquid CPU cooling units from Antec (manufactured by Asetek). Hopefully they are improvements over the the first water cooler we reviewed, the Corsair Hydro H50, which was sunk for SPCR audiences by a noisy pump.
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